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Territory in western Africa, ruled since 1960 by the Federal Republic of Nigeria

The Federal Republic of Nigeria, commonly referred to as Nigeria, is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. It comprises 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja is located. Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 8° N — Longitude: 10° E

Area: 923,768 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: NG

Birthplace of

Hugo Weaving, in Ibadan, on 4 Apr 1960

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2021
2019: 6.28, Rank: 123, Personal Freedom: 5.79, Economic Freedom: 6.97
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 6.45, Rank: 113
Nigeria | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2022
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 48, Political Rights: 4, Civil Liberties: 5
After 16 years in power, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the 2015 presidential election and its majority in the National Assembly to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). The polls, which observers regarded as competitive and generally well conducted, represented a milestone in the country’s democratic development, marking the first time that the opposition gained power at the national level through elections.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Nigeria" as of 18 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.